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DBS: £68,000 for Shantou five-year-old

Lot 303 - supplementary entry Distime is returning to John Quinn's yard but in new ownership after selling for £40,000. The son of Flemensfirth is set to be the first horse trained by Quinn on behalf of Middleham Park Racing.

"I tried to sell them Countrywide Flame last year and then of course he went on to win the Triumph Hurdle," said Quinn of the gelding, who was a winner over hurdles at Bangor last November. "We didn't want to lose this horse and so I gave them a ring this morning.

"£40,000 is a bit to pay but he's a lovely horse who we obviously know well. He'll go chasing - he's got a bit of scope and should be a nice horse to run in the north of England."

Lot 292 - Kinloch Castle, a seven-length winner at Southwell for Mark Johnston last season, will race for Michael Wigham and Bahrain-based owner Jalil al Mallah after selling to Peter Harper for £29,000.

The three-year-old son of Echo Of Light was the highlight of the Johnston draft, which also saw triple winner Cravat sell for £24,000.

"We'll get him home and take a look at him before we decide what to do with him," said Wigham, who outbid Brian Ellison.

The trainer also had news of stable star Fanunalter, who was purchased in Al Mallah's name at the Tattersalls Guineas Sale prior to winning the Summer Mile at Ascot.

"He's done very well since Ascot and I think he's improved," he said. "The plan is to go for a Group 3 at Ovreroll on August 26 and then we'll have a look at the Prix Daniel Wildenstein. After that, the plan is the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes."

Lot 256 - Anna Ross of Kevin Ross Bloodstock goes to £68,000 for Deep Trouble, an imposing son of Shantou sold as a supplementary entry from Vinesgrove Stud.

Jeremy Mactaggart opened the bidding at £10,000 for the five-year-old, who has been placed in Irish bumpers, and for a minute it seemed as if he would be heading to Donald McCain, who came in at £60,000. However, he had no answer to Ross, acting on behalf of a British client.

"He'll stay to be trained in England," said Ross. "I was pleased to get him for that price as he's a lovely individual - in fact I thought I he was one of the nicest horses here over the two days. He just looks like a horse who has a nice future."

Lot 227 - the first horse to break five figures during a quiet opening hour is Van Diemens Lad, the winner of a bumper at Gowran Park last October for Charles O'Brien. The five-year-old son of Arch is heading to Charlie Mann's yard after selling to Bobby O'Ryan for £13,000.

"He's a lovely horse and the price was grand - I thought he was value," said O'Ryan. "It's a good trade for what's here. I tried for several yesterday but didn't get them."

 

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